News archive (May 2017-September 2019)

+++ 25 September 2019. Pierre Ibisch comments on the national forest summit in the evening news (heute journal). The summit was organized by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and is reaction to the drought-induced forest crisis in Germany. He pleas for a more careful treatment of the stressed forest ecosystems, a promotion of the natural regulating and self-organizing functions of the ecosystems. Actionism and severe salvage logging could cause substantial costs and ecological damage. His positions were made clear also in further interviews published these days by German media, e.g. in Deutschlandfunk, Tagesschau24Stuttgarter Zeitungtaz or Tagesspiegel  +++

Evening news interview with Claus Kleber, ZDF heute journal (in German)


+++ 15-21 September 2019. In the course of a DAAD East-West-Dialogue project (with Ukrainian, Moldovan and Romanian partners), Centre staff, students from Ukraine, Moldova and Germany as well as partners, experts and practitioners from several biosphere reserves in Ukraine, Moldova and Romania met for the first time in Moldova. Hosted by the Moldovan State University, the group visited the first Moldovan biosphere reserve in the Lower Prut region, which was established in 2018. Major challenges are the dramatic lowering of the ground water level, the ongoing degradation of ecosystems through intense land use practices, and on top the reinforcement of these effects through climate change. The students group worked in tri-national teams on this real life case study, using the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation methodology. The experts group visited an area of the eastern fringe of European Beech distribution, the ‘Land of Beech’ protected area north of Chisinau +++

+++ 20 September 2019. A 45 minutes documentary in German TV (MDR) showcases active and passive of options for forest regeneration. The Centre for Econics team calls for an ecosystem-based approach and is filmed at project sites in Brandenburg +++

+++ 18 September 2019. The hot and dry extreme summers of 2018 and 2019 are causing a major forest crisis. In Germany, a dispute on adaptation of forest management to climate change unfolds. We plea for a shift towards ecosystem-based solutions. Many foresters seem to underestimate the power of ecosystems and overestimate their own wisdom. Interview in Deutsche Welle television +++

<+++ 12 September 2019. New data confirm the microclimate crisis of Hambach Forest in Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany. A second study is published with Greenpeace Germany. In August 2019, 50 microclimatic data loggers were installed around the Hambach open-cast mine in the Hambach forest and at Sophienhöhe. The data provides evidence of the cooling effect of the Hambacher and the threat to the forest posed by the adjacent and strongly warming open-cast mining area. The average daily maximum temperature at the measuring points was 35.3°C. The average maximum temperature at the hottest measuring point, which is located on the non-forested open area between the pit and the edge of the forest, was about 18°C warmer than the coolest measuring point in the Hambach Forest. 


+++ 21 August 2019. Centre staff accompanied Toni Hofreiter, co-chairman of the Green Party's parliamentary group of the German Bundestag, together with other members of the party, to Grumsin forest, component part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Ancient and Primaval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe. They explained current projects and research findings. The Interreg project BeechPower is targeting sustainable protection and buffer zone management of Grumsin forest +++

Jeanette Blumröder (second from left) and Marcus Waldherr (second from right) with Toni Hofreiter (right) and further members of the green party at Grumsin forest

+++ 20 August 2019. Current Centre research in Treuenbrietzen (CleverForst) and Reiersdorf (Glassy Forest) informed a TV documentary on 'the future forest' (3Sat, in German) +++

+++ 17 August 2019. A documentary in German public TV (Das Erste) features Centre research on FSC certification. Pierre Ibisch is interviewed stating that FSC-certified wood is obtained from harvesting in primary forests or eucalypt plantations. People who think that this would not be possible under FSC's  'responsible forest management' are deceived. Uwe Sayer, FSC Germany says that FSC is not a nature conservation label +++

New TV documentary on FSC label referring to Centre research was broadcasted

+++ 15 August 2019. A group of critical forest experts and forest practitioners calls on Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze to speak in the debate on the current forest crisis in Germany and to live up to her responsibility for the forest ecosystem. As Minister for the Environment, she is responsible for preventing the actionism-driven degradation of large forest ecosystems. It is important to take care to ensure compliance with the Federal Nature Conservation Act and to ensure the performance and functionality of the ecosystem in the long term. The authors of the letter to Minister Schulze refer to a hitherto unanswered letter to Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner in which she is called upon to turn the forest around in view of the forest and forestry crisis +++

+++ 14 August 2019. The RWE open-cast lignite mine approaching the Hambach forest is heating up the surrounding area and thus posing an additional threat to the already drought-stressed forest. This is the conclusion of a study published today by Greenpeace entitled "Hambach Forest in Crisis" by a team led by biologist and forest researcher Professor Pierre Ibisch. Extreme temperature differences between open-cast mining and Hambach Forest averaging eleven degrees Celsius in summer are one reason why more trees are dying at the edges of the forest. The study urgently recommends not dredging closer to the forest and measures to cool the surrounding landscape. Representatives from politics, industry and environmental associations had agreed in the coal compromise that it was "desirable" to preserve the forest. "RWEs lignite mine threatens to dry up the Hambach forest," said Greenpeace energy expert Bastian Neuwirth. "Prime Minister Armin Laschet must finally stop RWEs excavators and forest the surrounding area immediately. The withdrawal from brown coal, which destroys the climate and nature, must now start in the Rhineland mining area. The study online  ... [Greenpeace press release in GermanTranslated with] +++

Centre study in WDR news

The aim of this study on edge effects is the analysis of the vegetation-dependent microclimate in and around the Hambach forest. First, the influence of open land and open pit mining on surface temperature should be determined. It can be observed that the marginal effects emanating from the Hambach open-cast mine worsen the situation of the Hambach Forest, which is worthy of protection. At the edges of the forest the increased dieback of trees which are exposed to particular heat and drought stress is evident. In addition, there has been a considerable amount of windthrow, especially at the edge of the forest facing open-cast mining. With the help of satellite-supported evaluation methods (MODIS and Landsat 8) it was confirmed that in spring, summer and autumn the Hambach opencast mine is the heat pole of the investigation area (MODIS: in the heat of summer 2018 almost 45°C). According to MODIS data, the (larger) forest areas are the coolest areas in these seasons. This cooling effect is particularly pronounced in summer; in the months of June/July/August the coolest areas are up to 22°C cooler than the warmest ones.

Hambacher Forst in der Krise: Studie zur mikro- und mesoklimatischen Situation sowie Randeffekten
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+++ 12 August 2019. In the light of the current forest crisis in Germany, a group of forest experts, forest practitioners, forest owners and representatives of environmental associations and NGO demands to turn away from conventional forestry in an open letter to Federal Minister Klöckner. It says: "We call on the state forestry industry to, instead of expensive rushed actions, finally carry out an expert analysis of its own work and to involve all stakeholders in this process. What is called for is a consistent departure from plantation forestry and a radical shift towards a management that treats the forest as an ecosystem and no longer as a wood factory” +++

+++ 2 August 2019. Pierre Ibisch warns in interview with Tagesschau news against actionism in dealing with the current forest crisis in Germany. He criticizes the approach of massive salvage logging and pleas for ecosystem-based forest recovery, promoting natural succesion instead of reforesting with all kinds of tree species (in German) +++

+++ 16-20 July 2019. In the context of the Beech Power Interreg project, Centre delegation including Jeanette Blumröder, Oleh Chaskovskyi (UNFU, Lviv/Ukraine currently as guest researcher in Eberswalde), Peter Hobson, Pierre Ibisch and Stefan Kreft visited a series of forest sites in order to investigate and discuss the effect of heat and drought. The team also met Hainich National Park director Manfred Grossmann, who guided a tour through the national park. Currently, in northern Thuringia the beech forest experience an unprecedented dieback, probably triggered by the extreme weather conditions. There is the risk of losing vast beech forest stands in Germany, indicating that climate change has started to impact the zonal ecosystem of Central Europe +++

Dying beech forest in Hainich National Park (photo: P. Ibisch, 17 July)
Manfred Grossmann, director of Hainich National Park, together with a Beech Power delegation studying the unfolding beech dieback in Eastern Germany (photo: P. Ibisch)

+++ Summer  2019. The forest-related research projects provide information to various TV documentaries. In the picture, in the area of the Treuenbrietzen wildfire, Jeanette Blumröder,shows the handling of microclimatoc data loggers +++

+++ 10 July 2019. Radio discussion on forest in Germany under climate change broadcasted by SWR2Is the forest under climate stress? Discussed by: Prof. Dr. Pierre Ibisch - Biologist and Professor for "Nature Conservation" at the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Dr. Jens Jacob - Head of the Rhineland-Palatinate State Forests, Christian Keimer - Chairman of the Rhineland-Palatinate Forest Owners Association. Moderation Britta Fecke (in German) +++

+++ 30 June 2019. According to Dimensions (June 2019), compared to other publications in the same field, the paper A global map of roadless areas and their conservation status in Science  is extremely highly cited and has received approximately 24 times more citations  than average. The paper was coordinated and led by Centre staff and also received a lot of public attention. 

Today, the paper has an  Altmetric Attention Score of:

This is ahigh-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 12 May 2019. Altmetric has tracked 13,141,169 research outputs across all sources so far. Compared to these this one has done particularly well and is in the 99th percentile: it's in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric (rank 22 out of 949 outputs from Science of similar age)  +++


+++ 21 June 2019. The paper Ecological effects of clearcutting practices in a boreal forest (Arkhangelsk Region, Russian Federation) both with and without FSC certification published in Ecological Indicators provides evidence that FSC certification perpetuates the business-as-usual clearcutting-based timber mining in primary forests. The study was funded and supported by WWF, which is also by represented by co-authors of the publication, as well as colleagues from the Norther Arctic federal University in Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation. Read more ... +++

"Kahlschlag gegen Nachhaltigkeit" - joint press release with WWF Germany (in German)
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Clearcuttings against sustainability - joint press release with WWF Germany (English)
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+++ 14 June 2019. Pierre Ibisch participates in panel discussion at event of the Greens in the German parliament (Die Lunge des Planeten retten – Waldschutz zwischen Berlin und Brasilien). Livestream of the discussion (in German):


+++ 13 June 19. The ARTE documentary on FSC, which also highlighted Centre research on the effectiveness of FSC certification in northwestern Russia won a prize at Deauville environmental festival, a 'Trophée or`of the Green Awards 2019. The authors are Manfred Ladwig and Thomas Reutter +++

+++ May / June 19. The two partners Michael Succow Foundation and the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management successfully implemented important steps within the framework of the current joint project together with their local partners (Desnianskyi, Roztochya and Shatskyi biosphere reserve representatives). In May and June 2019, the first expert and land user workshops were held in all three areas. For two days each, the state of the ecosystems and relevant stress drivers were identified and evaluated intensively using the MARISCO method. Strategies and measures were developed that could promote or restore the functioning of the ecosystems in particular to make them more robust against climatic changes and extreme events. Highest priority is not only to improve the landscape water balance, but also to reduce extreme temperatures. The analyses were supplemented by a one-day excursion to the respective areas. The results are currently being evaluated, documented and published as soon as possible. Additionally, discussions on this topic have taken place with the Vice-Minister and high-ranking officials in the responsible Ministry of Ecology in Kiev. An important goal of the project is to make the work of biosphere reserves even more visible and to support them in advancing relevant discourses in Ukraine. +++

Group picture in front of work in progress in Sumy, Ukraine (© CEEM / P. Ibisch)

+++ 29 April 2019. Author and forest activitist Peter Wohlleben visited the CleverForst area and neighboruring areas. He discussed with Centre staff and the communal forester which strategies might be most appropriate for restoring resilient forest stands at burnt sites. Together with Pierre Ibisch und Jeanette Blumröder, after a warm spring week and some rainfall in the last days, the first spontaneous tree saplings were found at sites that were untouched after the wildfire in August 2018. Ecosystemic self-restoration at work. Contrastingly, on the large-scale clearcut area in the neighbourhood that established by private forest owners and where mainly pine trees were replanted in March, a few weeks later, the first plantlets are drying  +++

Peter Wohlleben with the first maple sapling spontaneously growing after the Treuenbrietzen wildfire (photo: P. Ibisch)

+++ 1-14 April 2019. Pierre Ibisch travels across Bolivia revisiting various sites of earlier projects and activities and meeting with colleagues involved in conservation. One of the missions is to understand current dynamics and patterns of ecosystemic changes and threats, especially in the light of earlier scenarios. Special highlights of the trip were the meeting with the director of the Fundación para la Conservación del Bosque Chiquitano (FCBC) as well as the visit to the Chiquitano forest in the area of San José de Chiquitos and Santiago de Chiquitos (municipal protected area Valle de Tucavaca). Pierre Ibisch was involved in the founding activities of the FCBC, 20 years ago, and led the team that published the first conservation plan for the Chiquitano forest in 2002 +++

Pierre Ibisch meets Roberto Vides, director general of the Fundación para la Conservación del Bosque Chiquitano (FCBC), and the founding director Hermes Justiniano with the conservation plan for the Chiquitano forest, which was published in 2002

+++ 1-5 April 2019. The Centre for Econics together with the Succow Foundation and Ukrainian colleagues participated at this year’s UNESCO EuroMAB conference in Dublin, Ireland. This event brought together over 200 Biosphere practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and entrepreneurs from across Europe, Russia, USA and Canada. The opportunity was given through our currently ongoing project that supports three Biosphere Reserves in Ukraine in their efforts for an Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change. Through a series of workshops and field trips, we were able to learn about an impressive amount and quality of already ongoing initiatives, ideas and research that will be very valuable for the Ukrainian as well as other projects that the Centre is engaged in. We were also very proud to share our insights and become more active in the network. +++

Please click on photo to access EuroMAB conference video.

Project delegates at EuroMAB 2019 hosted by Dublin Bay Biosphere (from the left: Kevin Mack, Anatoliy Smaliychuk, Angela Dichte, Ina Rohmann, Galyna Stryamets, Uli Gräbener; photo taken by M.A. El Lakny)

+++ 19-21 March 2019. Peter Hobson and Pierre Ibisch were received by Gil Penha-Lopez and David Avelar at the Faculty of Science of Lisbon University. They delivered a MARISCO training workshop, gave talks on forests and econics, and also participated as speakers in a conference on 'Integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into Higher Education', an event jointly organised by ISCTE-IUL and the Universidade de Lisboa. Through the visit, the Centre for Econics strengthened the links to the collagues in Portugal and also discussed joint research activities +++

+++ 27 February - 1 March. During a visit of a delegation of the European Wilderness Society (EWS), partner of Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, and the colleagues Prof. John Hausdoerffer and Prof. Jonathan Coop from the Western Colorado University in Gunnison, USA, an excursion to the forest fire areas in Treuenbrietzen took place. Pierre Ibisch and Jeanette Blumröder from the Centre as well as Dietrich Henke, a municipal forester, explained the cooperation and the new CleverForst project (see also below). Check out the news story published by EWS. The meeting is the starting point of a new cooperation +++

Discussing how soil in burnt plantation was impacted by forest fire (photo: P. Ibisch)

+++ 26 February 2019. The city of Treuenbrietzen and Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development launch the joint project CleverForest (Climate-adaptive, ecosystem-based, versatile and resilient Forest) dedicated to investigating ecosystem-based approaches to forest restoration after wildfire. A large area of Treuenbrietzen forest was burned in August 2018. The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management proposed the cooperation and conceived the project, together with the Treuenbrietzen communal forester Dietrich Henke. Several national media reported about th event (e.g., interviews in Deutschlandfunk Kultur or radioeins rbb) +++

Prof. Vahrson, president of Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, and Treuenbrietzen's mayor Michael Knape sign a 10-years contract on a stewardship for 28 ha


+++ 13 February 2019. At the end of the Forest at risk conference, the participants adopted the resolution Białowieża Forest: Hands off and eyes on! It was signed by 131 conference participants. Hereafter, it was endorsed by more than 500 scientists worldwide. The Resolution urges to stop all forestry operations immediately and to protect the whole Białowieża Forest as a National Park. Scientists also encouraged authorities to implement a conservation strategy based on science and on the protection of ecological processes and to develop a program for the sustainable development of the local communities +++

Resolution 'Białowieża Forest: Hands off and eyes on!', Warsaw 13 February 2019
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+++ 12-13 February 2019. A Centre delegation participates in the international conference Forests at Risk in Warsaw. "The conference has two main goals. First, to stress the urgent need for the preservation of Białowieża Forest, the last temperate forest on European lowlands, where substantial fragments of close-to-primeval forest have survived, but are continuously threatened by forest management practices. Second, to emphasize the ubiquity of this issue and the crucial importance of the preservation of natural forests worldwide. Such forests are irreplaceable: they protect the diversity of specialized organisms and processes, provide valuable ecosystem services and priceless outdoor labs for ecological and evolutionary sciences, and ensure unique benchmarks for conservation science and modern forestry" (from the congress website). Stefan Kreft and Pierre Ibisch are members of the Scientific Committee of the Conference. Further Centre participants are Peter Hobson, Jeanette Blumröder and Monika Hoffmann. Pierre Ibisch gave a keynote lecture on policy failing to address forest ecosystem functionality +++

+++ 19 December 2018. The Barnim atlas and related products such as the proposal for the landscape framework plan for Barnim county in Brandenburg, Germany, was handed over to county administration. Hereby, the joint project Anpass.BAR was concluded, which targeted the development of a novel approach to climate change-robust and participatory conservation planning +++

Head of Barnim county administration Daniel Kurth together with Ronny Baaske (director of department for Agriculture, Nature Conservation, and Protection of Historical Monuments) at the presentation of the Barnim Atlas (with editors Judith Kloiber, Monika

+++ 14 December 2018. A group of forests scientists publish the “VITERBO DECLARATION On safeguarding functional beech forest ecosystems” elaborated as result of the 11th International Beech Symposium of the IUFRO Group 1.01.07 “Ecology and Silviculture of Beech” to “Natural and Managed Beech Forests as Reference Ecosystems for the Sustainable Management of Forest Resources and the Conservation of Biodiversity” held in University of Tuscia in Viterbo (Italy), September 18th-21st, 2018. A key recommendation is that “Future proofing beech forests requires a large scale approach to planning and management that includes principles of conserving and restoring connectivity as well as effective buffer zones. The concept “making space for nature” is an appropriate long term strategy for the development of existing, and establishment of new beech forests“. The declaration has been agreed by 80 scientists from European Union, Switzerland, Turkey, Iran, Japan, Canada and USA. The directors of the Centre for Econics participated as co-authors of the original draft of the declaration +++


VITERBO DECLARATION On safeguarding functional beech forest ecosystems” elaborated as result of the 11th International Beech Symposium of the IUFRO Group 1.01.07 “Ecology and Silviculture of Beech”
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+++ 26 November 2018. The Centre invited to watch and discuss the 98 minutes documentary Can FSC Eco-Label Stop Logging Primeval Forests? After presenting the documentary, Jeanette Blumröder explained some core results of the research on FSC in Russia. The presenattion was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Pierre Ibisch with Jörg-Andreas Krüger, member of the management board of WWF Germany, Thomas Reutter (ARD/SWR), one of the authors of the film, and Georg Winkel, European Forest Institute. The European Wilderness Society covered the event and quoted Pierre Ibisch: "The Forest Stewardship Council advertises that it provides wood from responsible sources. Our research in the Arkhangelsk region of the Russian Federation alone suggests that the certification system cannot deliver on this promise globally. This is the region with the largest remaining virgin forests on our continent. Forestry in the Arkhangelsk region is based on clear-cutting in old or primeval forests that have never been used before. (...) The extent of the felling is a threat to Europe’s largest wild forests; it contributes to loss of landscape ecosystem functionality and biodiversity, and it fuels climate change. The ecological catastrophe is mainly driven by the demand for timber in Western and Central Europe. There is a concrete danger that the FSC label obscures the circumstances under which raw materials are made available for our consumption. Not responsible“ +++

+++ November 2018. According to Dimensions, compared to other publications in the same field, our paper A global map of roadless areas and their conservation status in Science  is extremely highly cited and has received approximately 21 times more citations than average (69 citations according to Dimensions; 76 according to ResearchGate). Directly after publication in 2016, the abstract alone was viewed more than 31,000 times on the publisher's website. By now the abstract was viewed >47,300 times +++

+++ 30 October 2018. Pierre Ibisch and Jeanette Blumröder feature in a contribution to the political magazine Frontal21 of the German TV channel ZDF. In this contribution, Reinhard Laska highlights the accumulating problems in German forests, including heat and drought damages, forest fires, bark beetles, and storms. It is called for a transformation of forestry that would not exclusively target timber production, but a risk robust ecosystem management. Luebeck communal forest is recommended as an example for modern sustainable forestry +++

+++ 22-26 October 2018. Centre staff participated in the events organised by the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve in Rakhiv, Transcarpathia, Ukraine, celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Centre for Econics conducted a small international conference on transnational conservation, ecosystem services  and conflict prevention with participants from Moldova, Romania and Ukraine (as well as Germany and UK). This activity was part of a DAAD project implemented since January 2018 +++

+++ 16 October 2018. The German-French TV channel ARTE broadcasted a critical 98-minutes documentary on the FSC label, with case studies from Africa, South America, Europe and Asia. The title is "FSC - Forest Stewardship Council: FSC: can an eco-label stop the forestry industry?" (German title: Die Ausbeutung der Urwälder. Kann ein Öko-Siegel die Forstindustrie stoppen?).The Centre supported the producers providing some technical advice and Centre research - in the context of our project in the Arkangelsk Taiga, Russia - plays a role at the end of the documentary +++

FSC - Forest Stewardship Council: FSC: can an eco-label stop the forestry industry?

+++ 6 October 2018. Pierre Ibisch and Jeanette Blumröder featured in the ZDF documentary ‚The Guardians of the Trees‘ (Die Wächter der Bäume), in German only). The ZDF documentation series "plan b" offers insights into research, forestry work and companies that are pioneers for sustainable and future-oriented management of our forests. The part on the Centre research was introduced by the ZDF with the following words: “In times of noticeable climate change, it is important to manage our forests ever closer to nature, according to the theory of a German team of forest researchers. According to their research, dense, natural forests with a lot of deadwood as biomass cool better than man-made monocultures. They want to prove their thesis in the last German primeval forests”. Particularly noteworthy is the contribution on the Göttingen communal forest, where the forester Martin Levin managed the forest in accordance with the so-called Lübeck concept, based on principles of self-organizing ecosystems. A similar approach would be desirable in many forests, especially municipal ones. +++

Jeanette Blumröder and Pierre Ibisch checking microclimatic loggers in a pine stand (photo: (C) Melanie Jost)

+++ 28 September 2018. The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management facilitated a new Memorandum of Understanding between Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and the European Wilderness SocietyThis MoU was signed in the framework of the 20th anniversary of the International Forest Ecosystem Management study programme. It defines the future cooperation between both organisations concerning the Bachelor of International Forest Ecosystem Management. The European Wilderness Society will offer Internships to the undergraduates of the 3-year  bachelor programme, provide the graduates of the Bachelor and Master programme access to its 12-month European Voluntary Service application and will jointly develop an International Wilderness Exchange programme together with the Colorado State University and Eberswalde University. The European Wilderness Society will also implement within the scope of the undergraduate and graduate programme lectures focusing on Wilderness and the work of NGOs. +++

Max Rossberg, CEO European Wilderness Society during his presentation at Eberswalde (photo: P. Ibisch)

+++ 26 September 2018. We congratulate Dr. Lutz Fähser and Knut Sturm, Luebeck Communal Forest, on the occasion of having been awarded the B.A.U.M. (Bundesdeutsche Arbeitskreis für Umweltbewusstes Management e.V.) Environmental Prize in the category 'Institutions'. Pierre Ibisch interviewed the two prize winners during the ceremony in Darmstadt. The prize winners explained the Lübeck concept, which stands for an ecosystem-friendly forestry based on a minimum intervention approach +++

Prize winners Knut Sturm (left with certificate) and Lutz Fähser together members of the board of B.A.U.M., the secretary of state of the Ministry of Economy of Hesse, Matthias Samson (second from right), and Pierre Ibisch (photo: © Simon Veith)
Pierre Ibisch interviewed the two prize winners during the ceremony in Darmstadt (photo: Torsten Welle)


+++ 24 September 2018. In the last weeks Centre staff  performed in some German media calling for a more sustainable forestry and especially an appropriate conservation of old-growth forests. NDR Nordmagazin broadcasted a contribution on Centre research in Heiligen Hallen Reserve in Mecklenburg Western Pomerania. Pierre Ibisch and Jeanette Blumröder explained the relevance of such a reserve and the measurements of microclimatic data showing a substantial cooling in native old-growth forest +++

Jeanette Blumröder, Centre coordinator for forest research and policy advice, interviewed by TV team in Heilige Hallen forest  (photo. Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management)


+++ 12-13 September 2018. Pierre Ibisch and Kevin Mack with the Centre for Econics and Ina Rohmann with Michael Succow Foundation were received in Kiew, Ukraine, by Viktor Klid, the Director of the department of EcoNet and Protected Areas of the Ukrainian Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources. Together with colleagues from Desna, Roztochya and West Polesie Biosphere Reserves as well as staff from the ministry they had a first meeting on the new project for Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves of Ukraine.The project "Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) to climate change (CC) and regional sustainable development by empowerment of Ukrainian Biosphere Reserves"  is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in the framework of its International Climate Initiative (IKI). It is jointly implemented by Michael Succow Foundation (lead organisation) and the Centre for Econics (2018-2021) +++

German delegation after discussion with Viktor Klid, the Director of the department of EcoNet and Protected Areas of the Ukrainian Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources in Kiew


+++ 21 June 2018. Eberswalde Sustainability Society. Prof. Dr. Martin Jänicke discusses with Pierre Ibisch and Inka Thunecke if China is the new champion in climate policy ("China als neuer Vorreiter der Klimapolitik?"). Martin Jänicke was member of the Berlin parliament, advisor to the German government and head of the German Advisory Council on the Environment. He is also a Visiting Professor of Quinghai Normal University in China +++

Prof. Martin Jänicke (right) with Pierre Ibisch and Inka Thunecke (photo. Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management)


+++ 21 June 2018. Final meeting with the Advisory Board of the AnpassBAR project on landscape framework planning in Barnim county +++

Presentation of maps as part of the landscape framework plan to be proposed for the county of Barnim, Brandenburg (photo. Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management)



+++ 20 June 2018. Alberto Acosta, author, scientist, former minister and president of the last consitutional assembly of Ecuador, gave a Sustainability Lecture on the concept of Buen vivir at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development. He was accompanied by the Grupo Sal playing Latin American music. After the concert lecture Pierre Ibisch participated in a panel with Alberto Acosta +++

Alberto Acosta during the panel discussion on Buen vivir, together with further panelists (Pierre Ibisch thrid from lect) and the journalist Thomas Pampuch (photo. Christoph Nowicki)


+++ 14 June 2018. First paper on effectiveness of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council published in Challenges in SustainabilityCase study Arkhangelsk region in the Russian Federation. Amongst others, we conclude that large-scale clear-cutting practice within Intact Forest Landscapes, which means the logging of primary forests, feeds doubts about the consistency of FSC and its credibility +++

Forest use in Arkhangelsk region, Russian Federation (photo. P.L. Ibisch)

+++ 11-15 June 2018. entre involvement at the 5th European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB) in Jyväskylä, Finland: Panel on Forests at risk; presentations on a global assessment of boundary protected areas as well as on thermondynamics of Madeira vegetation; workshop on roadless areas and future mobility. A special activity was dedicated to a MARISCO situation analysis of nature and people and Europe, based on an exercise of the Policy Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology - Europe Section +++


+++ 6 June 2018. Centre staff together with colleagues from the Norther Arctic Federal University (NARFU) in Arkhangelsk and WWF presented results of their joint study on the effectiveness of FSC in Arkhangelsk region, Russia. The workshop was attended by researchers and students of  NARFU as well as representatives of forest enterprises +++

Jeanette Blumröder is the lead scientist of the study on effectiveness of FSC certification in Arkhangelsk region (photos. WWF Russia)


+++ 9 June 2018. The German TV magazine Markt (WDR) questions the ecological effectiveness of FSC (FSC-Holz: Wirklich besser?). In the film, Pierre Ibisch expresses doubts if the current forestry practices as implemented in many parts of the Ukrainian Carpathians are sustainable. Vast areas - including FSC-certified areas - have been impacted by salvage logging of spruce stands and clearcuts. The national FSC standard as currently applied in Ukraine endorses (or at least does not prevent) clearcuts and substantial biomass extraction, even on steep slopes.  Pierre Ibisch, together with the film team, visited an area that was said by local foresters to be FSC-certified, where the forest cover was substantially reduced. FSC Germany, in a website communication, doubts that the site shown in the film was really FSC-certified. A first step towards clarification would be that FSC freely publishes the coordinates or polygons of the certified areas. It is alos recommendable that FSC analyses the global tree cover loss data made available by the University of Maryland, overlapping them with the certified areas (Weiterlesen auf deutsch ...) +++

Forest area on steep slopes in Ukrainian Carpathians impacted by cutting in an area where a WDR film team questions sustainability of FSC-certified logging. The image from the website on Global Tree Cover Loss indicates the amount of (clear)cut areas in the corresponding region of the Ukrainian Carpathians (photo: PL. Ibisch)


+++ 25-31 March 2018. Peter Hobson and Pierre Ibisch visited the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynellth and explored forests and 'hanging woods' of Snowdonia National Park in  NW-Wales +++ 

Ancient woodlands in Dolgarrog National Nature Reserve

+++ 19 March 2018. Two academic lecturers from Writtle University College, Mr. Henry Matthews and Professor Peter Hobson, travelled to Argentina and joined up with their counterparts from ‘Facultad Ciencias Empresariales Universidad Austral’ to deliver a British Council funded workshop. Key staff representatives from Austral University met with the visitors from Writtle University College to discuss the next steps to explore opportunities for developing training needs with particular emphasis on adaptive management planning and climate change risk analysis. It is envisaged the Centre for Econics will play a major part in contributing towards future plans in this field of activities ... +++

+++ 25 January 2018. Centre staff Pierre Ibisch and Monika Hoffmann attend esri's Geodesign Summit at the company's headquarters in Redlands, California. In a meeting with esri founder and CEO Jack Dangermond and his team they explored opportunities for future cooperation on roadless areas' conservation. esri is powering the first online interactive map of roadless areas on +++

Jack Dangermond and his team with Centre staff at esri, Redlands (photo: Michael Gould)


+++ 24 January 2018. Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development organized another Sustainability Lecture the Secretary General of the Club of Rome, Graeme Maxton, who presented his report 'Reinventing Prosperity'. The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management was in charge of a project that facilitated reading sessions of this book during the last year and had also suggested to invite Maxton. Centre staff Angela Dichte is the coordinator of the project. In a panel discussion, moderated by Prof. Heike Walk, the book was also discussed with Daniela Trochowski, Deputy Minister of Finance of Brandenburg, Sarah Bhandari, student of Global Change Management, and Pierre Ibisch +++

+++ 15 December. The Romanian Ministry of Water and Forests takes our Primary forests potential map of Romania as basis for the primary forests national inventoryIn November Greenpeace Romania released the map, which was developed in partnership with the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany and the Geography Department of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iași, Romania. Estimates show that about two thirds are to be found in Romania, and our map uncovered a potential of roughly 300 000 hectares +++

+++ 8 November 2017. Do national strategies under the UN biodiversity and climate conventions address agricultural commodity consumption as deforestation driver? A new paper in Land Use Policy being the result of cooperation between the Centre of Climate Science and Policy Research (CSPR) at Linköping University and the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management (+ further institutes). The first author, Sabine Henders, formally affiliated with CSPR, was a guest researcher at the Centre for Econics; she is now with Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems +++

+++ 26 October 2017. Pierre Ibisch contributes an introductory presentation on forests as ecosystems to the Hamburger Gespräche für Naturschutz of the Michael Otto Stiftung für Umweltschutz. At the event he also presents a statement on an online petition of German forest scientists reacting to Peter Wohlleben's book 'The hidden life of trees' (in German) +++

+++ 12-16 October 2017. 33 experts representing 12 European countries convened on the Isle of Vilm, in the Baltic Sea, to further develop the European Beech Forest Network. The meeting was held in the course of a project funded by the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, and commissioned by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. They addressed the States Parties of the extended serial UNESCO World Heritage property “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine)” with a resolution that summarises important findings ...


Photo: Participants during excursion to the beech forests of Jasmund National Park (Matthias Schickhofer)  +++


+++ 11 October 2017. A new publication on the robustness of protected areas reveals that German protected areas are not fit for climate change. The paper based on the study of management plans should give reason for concern. European protected areas established under Natura 2000 show a poor management planning +++


+++ 13-14 September 2017. In Brussels, members of the European Beech Forest Network attend the Conference  for Protection of Old Growth Forest in Europe organized by Wild Europe and hosted by the EU Committee of the Regions. On behalf of the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, as well as the European Beech Forest Network registered society, Pierre Ibisch and Marcus Waldherr participate in the event. Photo:

Opening of the Conference (P. Ibisch)  +++


+++ 1-8 September 2017. Pierre Ibisch attends the Inaugural meeting of the Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative and the joint conference of GFBI and the journal Forest Ecosystems in Bejing, China, delivering a presentation of 'Roadless forests'. 

The Centre has become member of the Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative and looks forward to fruitful cooperation. The conference was hosted and sponsored by  Beijing Forestry University. On the photo: venue of the conference, building of the Faculty of Landscape Architecture (P. Ibisch)+++

Pre-conference field trip to the border of Inner Mongolia, Sahinba National Forest Park, Hebei province, a large afforestation project for halting the desert and sandstorms threatening the Beijing area (photo: P. Ibisch)

Pierre Ibisch delivering his invited presentation on 'Roadless forests' (photo: GFBI)


+++ 17 July 2017. Brandenburg State Forestry, German NABU, together with Göttingen University and Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, officially launched a joint project called 'Glassy forest enterprise'. The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, on behalf of Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, implements the ecological research component. The goal is to understand the ecological impact of selected silvicultural measures and the economic implications in a study region in northern Brandenburg, comprising both areas owned by the State of Brandenburg and the NABU foundation. The 6-year-project is funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) +++


Brandenburg Minister for Rural Development, Environment, and Agriculture Jörg Vogelsänger listening to Jeanette Blumröder, Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, who explains microclimate data loggers at research plots in Reiersdorf (photo: P. Ibisch)


Press release: Old Beech Forests become World Heritage
European Beech Forest Network Press Rele[...]
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World Heritage Committee on the day of deciding on European Beech Forests in Krakow (photo: P. Ibisch)



Final group picture after the anniversary symposium celebrating 10 years Global Change Management, M.Sc.. In the first row, Christoph Nowicki, coordinator and co-designer of the programme, Pierre Ibisch, founding head of the study programme, and Martin Welp, head of the programme since winter term 2007 (photo: A. Valenzuela Jimenez) 

+++ 30 June 2017. 10th anniversary of the international Master study programme Global Change Management at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development. Partners, lectureres, current and former students gathered to celebrate the achievements of the programme that was launched in the winter term 2006/2007. Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research gave a keynote lecture. Four former students, Thais Mattos, Carina Zell, Eike Christansen and Sönke Kreft, provided insights in their current work. Thomas Loster, MunichRe, and Christoph Bals, Germanwatch, offered their perspective on the programme. Pierre Ibisch and Martin Welp reported about the genesis and achievements of the programme as well as future ideas +++


On 28 June 2017, Pierre Ibisch (right) was invited by Austria to participate in meeting with ambassadors to the UNESCO; in Paris, at the UNESCO headquarters, he informed the participants about the screening process of European beech forests that proceeded the extension nomination of the World Heritage Property dedicated to postglacial beech expansion


+++14 June 2017. At the 29th session of the Man and the Biosphere Programme International Co-ordinating Council (MAB-ICC) in Paris, the Great Altay Transboundary Biosphere Reserve has been accepted (together with 22 other new sites). The decision followed the recommendation of the Advisory Committee " The Advisory Committee welcomed this joint transboundary proposal from the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan, composed with the Katunskiy Biosphere Reserve (Russian Federation designated in 2000) and the Katon-Karagay Biosphere Reserve (Republic of Kazakhstan designated in 2014)". The Advisory Committee also  "commended the three-year participatory planning process (ecosystem-based, adaptive and participatory management approach) that led to the joint nomination form and acknowledged the long-term technical cooperation with several initiatives and activities to promote and foster transboundary nature conservation in the Altai region". The Centre coordinated the elaboration of the nomination dossier, the management plan, and the corresponding joint efforts with the partners from Russia and Kazakhstan  +++  

+++ 13 June 2017. The Russian critical scientists and activists Dr. Alexey Kozlov, Nikolai Petrov, and Gulya Sultanova were the guests at the latest Eberswalder Nachhaltigkeitsgesellschaft. In the discussion the current situation of Russian civil society, environmental policy and also the Ukraine conflict were analysed +++

Pierre Ibisch, Alexey Kozlov, Nikolai Petrov, Hartmut Schröder, Gulya Sultanova, Inka Thunecke on 13 June 2017 at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development


+++ 12 June 2017. Pierre Ibisch and Angela Dichte, in Hamburg, received the certificate for Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE) for successfully participating in the Germany-wide contest 'One university - one book'. Together with 9 universities, HNEE was selected by a jury, for coming up with a convincing proposal. In the framework of the initiative launched by Deutscher Stifterverband and the German magazine Die ZEIT, HNEE, in a series of events, reads and discusses the latest report to the Club of Rome: Reinventing prosperity. The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management has proposed the book, prepared the application, and now moderates the process of reading the book (more info in German ...) +++

Dominique Ostrop (Deutscher Stifterverband), Pierre Ibisch, Angela Dichte, and Beate Spiegel (Klaus Tschira Stiftung GmbH) at the ZEIT headquarters in Hamburg (photo: Louisa Reichstetter/DIE ZEIT)


+++ June 2017. Writtle University College has promoted Peter Hobson, co-director of the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, to the position of a Professor for biodiversity conservation and sustainability +++

Peter Hobson in Uholka primeval beech forest, Ukraine (Carpathian Biosphere Reserve)

+++ 26 May - 3 June 2017. Annual student excursion to Ukraine in combination with study trip in the framework of project on Transboundary cooperation for ecosystem-based sustainable development. A group of Centre lecturers and students from Eberswalde together with partners from Moldova and Romania visited western Ukraine. The host and organizer in Lviv was the Ukrainian National Forestry University (UNFU), being a a strategic partner. in the region for a couple of years. After staying in Lviv and exploring the Roztochya Biosphere Reserve, the focus of the study trip was on the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve on the border to Romania, another long-term partner of the Centre +++


Director of the Roztochya Nature Reserve together with Eberswalde students around an old linden tree (photo: P. Ibisch)

In Uholka, after a day-long hike through the largest intact European beech forest, part of the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve and component of the serial UNESCO World Heritage property 'Primeval beech forests of the Carpathians and ancient beech forests of Germany', the group, unexpectedly, met Vlado Vancura, European Wilderness Society. Vlado leads an ongoing mission of wilderness audit in Ukraine (photo: European Wilderness Society)


+++ 21-23 May 2017. Pierre Ibisch participates in the strategic meeting of the Advisory Council of the International Academy for Nature Conservation (INA) , Isle of Vilm. The meeting was chaired by Trevor Sandwith and involved further external experts. "The Advisory Council consists out of 15 members from universities and scientific institutions, national and international NGOs, development cooperation, conservation authorities as well as from the German parliament ..." read more  +++